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American Bar Endowment Opens 2020 Opportunity Grants Cycle

The American Bar Endowment (ABE) announced today that it is now accepting applications for its 2020 Opportunity Grant Program cycle. 

ABE Opportunity Grants will be awarded to "boots-on-the-ground" initiatives and innovative projects that:

  • Enhance access to justice through innovative legal services delivery;
  • Promote the rule of law and improve the justice system; and
  • Increase the public’s understanding of the law and the legal system and increase civic engagement.

Since the Opportunity Grant Program’s inception three years ago, with generous donations from lawyer members of the American Bar Association who are insured through ABE-sponsored insurance programs, the ABE has provided 38 grants totaling just over $1 million to local projects in 20 states and U.S. territories and national organizations. 

The deadline to apply for a 2020 ABE Opportunity Grant is Sept. 30, 2019. The ABE will announce awards in late February 2020. More information about ABE and a list of previous ABE Opportunity Grant recipients, as well as information about guidelines and applying, can be viewed here.

About the American Bar Endowment (ABE)

Established in 1942, the American Bar Endowment (ABE) is an independent, 501(c)(3)   not-for-profit public charity. The ABE provides lawyer members of the ABA with a unique way to protect themselves, their families, and their professional endeavors through participation in a range of ABE-sponsored insurance products underwritten by New York Life Insurance Company – with the option to seamlessly give any available annual dividends* they would otherwise receive to the ABE as a tax-deductible donation. In turn, the ABE makes grants that support critical law-related public service, educational, and research programs. The ABE is proud to be a charitable organization powered by generations of lawyers committed to ensuring equal access to justice for all.  To learn more about the ABE, please visit

*Annual dividends are not guaranteed.

Posted on July 2, 2019 by Rhys Saunders
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